Metaio, a Germany-based company that develops augmented reality software for a variety of applications, has announced an update to its Junaio iPhone app that utilizes its new “glue” technology to recognize images via the iPhone’s camera and superimpose information in real-time. Metaio is also releasing a mobile Software Development Kit to enable developers to make use of the image-recognition technology in augmented reality applications. Metaio’s SDK takes advantage of additional APIs made available in iOS 4 that allow access to more live camera data than allowed previously.
If this doesn’t sound exciting to you at first, you can demo the experience yourself (this demo requires an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4):
- Download the Junaio app (it’s free) from the App Store.
- Open the app and tap on the Subscribed Channels text box at the top and search for “Junaio Glue” without the quotation marks.
- Select the Junaio Glue demo channel
- Once the channel has finished loading, point your iPhone’s camera at the image below.
See the superhero character superimposed over the image on your computer screen? Now, imagine being able to point your iPhone camera at any object you find in a store, a movie poster, or other item and immediately being able to see a 3D-image of a box’s contents plus its price, or movie times and links to other information or reviews. Welcome to the future. We’re hoping that more developers hop on this toot sweet because this technology has some serious potential.
For those of you without an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, Junaio provides a demo video to show you what this looks like: